A board-certified medical oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® at Southwestern Regional Medical Center, Dr. Jaggernauth finds it very important to consider the whole person when treating a patient for cancer.
“When you're going through cancer, it's very important to understand that the body, the mind and the spirit are affected. This is not just a disease of a functional organ. This is a disease that will not only take its toll on your health, but also on your physical well being, your mind, and even your family.”
For Dr. Jaggernauth part of treating the whole person is making sure that he or she understands and has a choice in the care that will be delivered.
He believes it is important to explain to a patient the nature of their disease and how extensive it is. When they understand the implications behind the treatment that's going to be rendered, a patient can make a better decision.
“We get their complete approval and understanding of anything that we do to them before they even engage in the treatment.”
Behind treating the whole person and not just their disease is Dr. Jaggernauth’s commitment to the Mother Standard® of care.
“What the 'Mother Standard' means to me is that we treat patients the same way we treat our mothers. We want them to feel completely at home. We want them to feel that this is how I would treat my mother, my brother, my sister or my closest friend.”
- Medical Oncology
Internal Medicine, 2003
Medical Oncology, 2006